FOOTBALL TEAM WELCOMES LEHIGH TO COWELL STADIUM SATURDAY, SEPT. 25, AT NOON
No. 16 University of New Hampshire vs Lehigh
12:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 Cowell Stadium
UNH: Sean McDonnell
Years as head coach: 12th
Overall Record: 81-54
Record at UNH: 81-54
CAA Record: 48-44
Alma Mater: UNH '78
Lehigh: Andy Coen
Years as head coach: 5th
Overall Record: 22-25
Record at Lehigh: 22-25
Patriot League Record: 15-9
Alma Mater: Gettysburg '86
LAST TIME OUT: Terrance Fox (Piscataway N.J.) established career bests with 11 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns, but the University of Rhode Island football team defeated the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire, 28-25, at Meade Stadium on Sept. 18 in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both schools.
Trailing 25-21 with 2:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, Rhode Island defensive end Victor Adesanya sacked UNH senior quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.), forcing a fumble that was recovered and returned 39 yards for a touchdown by defensive lineman James Timmins, allowing the Rams to grab the lead for the third and final time, 28-25.
The Wildcats struck right back on their first drive, going 70 yards in just six plays to grab a 7-3 lead with 7:59 remaining in the first quarter. Sophomore wide receiver Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) made his first two catches of the season during the drive, including a 25-yard reception from Toman on a fade along the right sideline to put the ball in Rhode Island territory. Two plays later, Toman faked a handoff, rolled to his right, found a lane and then outran the Rams' defense for a 28-yard touchdown. Sophomore kicker A.J. DeLago (Menands, N.Y.) added the extra point.
The UNH defense shut down URI's next drive, highlighted by the first career sack for sophomore defensive tackle Randi Vines (Santa Clara, Calif.), making his first career start, on 3rd-and-20. The Rams were forced to punt from their own 16, and Fox returned the punt 16 yards to the Rams' 44-yard line.
Fox would reap the benefits of the great field position by concluding a six-play, 44-yard drive at 3:47 of the opening stanza with his first touchdown reception of the season. Fox took a Toman screen pass and followed a key block from senior wide receiver Kevon Mason (Quincy, Mass.) along the right sideline for a 19-yard score. Junior quarterback Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) hooked up with senior wide receiver Chris Chandler (Wakefield, Mass.) for the successful two-point conversion, staking the 'Cats to a 15-3 advantage.
At the start of the second half, Toman accounted for all 57 yards of a 10-play drive, completing six passes for 55 yards and rushing for two yards before redshirt freshman Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) kicked a 26-yard field goal, the first of his career, staking New Hampshire to an 18-13 lead with 11:38 remaining in the third period. Fox had two grabs for 30 yards on the drive, and Mason added two receptions for 13 yards.
The UNH defense forced turnovers on each of URI's next two possessions, with senior defensive back Ryan McGuinness (Howell, N.J.) picking off Probst at the Rhode Island 42-yard line with :45 remaining in the third quarter, and Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) registering his first interception of the year, snatching a Probst throw at the UNH 42-yard line with 12:45 remaining in the fourth period.
The Rams finally broke through with an eight-play, 80-yard drive culminating in Probst's two-yard touchdown run with 8:13 remaining. Probst kept it himself for the two-point conversion, as Rhody reclaimed the lead, 21-18.
Toman then went to work, orchestrating a four-play, 60-yard drive in just 1:17 to put the Wildcats back in front. The signal caller went 4-for-4 on the drive, connecting with Orlando (career-highs: 6 catches-81 yards) for passes of four and 33 yards before Fox hauled in a two-yard pass and then was on the receiving end of Toman's 50th career touchdown pass, a 21-yarder with 6:56 left that lifted the UNH to a 25-21 lead following MacArthur's PAT.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh enters this week's game 2-1 on the season following a 35-22 home victory over Princeton. It was the Mountain Hawks's first win over the Tigers since 2002 and snapped Lehigh's seven-game skid vs Ivy League teams. Head coach Andy Coen is in his fifth season at the helm. During his first season as head coach in 2006, Lehigh captured a share of its 8th Patriot League Championship. Lehigh's lone loss came at the hands of No. 1 Villanova, 35-0, on Sept. 11. It marked the second straight season Lehigh has been shut out in a game (7-0, Yale, 2009).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior cornerback Jarard Cribbs was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after making seven tackles and picking off a pair of passes in Lehigh's 35-22 win over Princeton. Cribbs, a 2009 All-Patriot League First Teamer, has now picked off passees in conseuctive games and owns three on the season and eight in his career. Senior linebacker Al Pierce was named the PL Defensive Player of the Week in week one after the Hawks' victory over Drake. Pierce leads Lehigh in tackles with 33 (21-12), including four tackles for loss and two sacks. Offensively, sophomore split end Ryan Spadola leads the team with 15 receptions for 209 yards, averaging 13.9 yards per reception with a long of 37 yards. Junior WR Jake Drwal (13-126) and senior WR Craig Zurn (10-142) also have registered double-digit receptions, while senior TE Alex Wojdowski's two TDs lead the receiving corps. Wojdowski is coming off a four-catch, 79-yard game in the Princeton win. On the ground, senior tailback Jay Campbell leads the way with 179 rushing yards on 48 carries, averaging 3.7 yards per rush and 59.7 yards per game. Junior QB Chris Lum has completed 56.4% of his passes (44-78) for 512 yards (170.7 per game) with one touchdown and three interceptions. When Lum left Saturday's game with a sprained ankle, sophomore QB Michael Colvin entered the game and went 10-for-14 for 128 yards and a touchdown. Colvin added 37 rushing yards. A season ago, Colvin often ran from the Wildcat formation for the Hawks, rushing for 227 yards on 38 carries before suffering a broken leg at Bucknell in the team's seventh game. Senior left tackle Will Rackley (6-4, 310) was an All-Patriot League player in 2009